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The Wire in the Blood: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2 | [Val McDermid]

The Wire in the Blood: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2

Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next.
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Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find.

He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce... and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next - until one of Hill's students is murdered. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them.

©1997 Val McDermid (P)1998 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Fine, intelligent, gripping." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A superb psychological thriller." (Cosmopolitan)

"Shocking... stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good." (Ruth Rendell)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-03-13
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-03-13 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "I think I get McDermid now: Kate Millet of crime?"

    but I prefer to get her in print, where I can skim/skip the violent detail. I don't think Wire in the Blood is anywhere close to as gritty as Mermaids Singing (and that goes for the three subsequent in the series that I "read" with text-to speech or Kindle as well) - but I'm still too squeamish to hear a good narrator get into the minds and hands of her killers. I think, however, the violence is not gratuitous: She's speaks to the violence done unto the vulnerable in our world, and how, as Alice Miller would say "All evil is reactive." I prefer that served up in a Soc text. but along the way she weaves such good stories, and her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan characters are anything but cookie-cutter cops. During each novel, I thought I'd read no more from her, but I found myself going back to the series for the story and characters. I'm getting adept with the fast-forward function, as much as skipping pieces of a book go against the grain for me.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-03-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2005

    Got to be with my too girls from Tx and Mt! All is right....

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    "Couldn't quit listening!"

    As of this review I am sure I've read over a hundred novels about serial killers. What makes this one stand out is the focus is on a newly formed team of profilers. They are experienced cops, but entirely new to profiling. They are led, however, by a very prominent physcologist who specializes in criminal profiling, Tony Hill.

    The integrity of this group is immediately challenged by a police force unimpressed with any use of physcology and this prejudice is continually exacerbated by an extremely manipulative killer. I learned a lot more about profiling than most any other book I've read.

    The suspense kept me engrossed throughout the novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-19-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "BLOODY, GORY, CREEPY: PRETTY GOOD!"
    If you could sum up The Wire in the Blood in three words, what would they be?

    I think I almost did so in my title. "Gory, Creepy, Good"


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was the criminal profiling and the difficulties that psychologists had trying to sell the new science to bull-headed law enforcement officers who were in the habit of working from hunches or illegal evidence collecting. The least was the level of gory violence.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although I skipped over a few of the last chapters because the story was taking too long to wrap up. The ending was evident pretty early on.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't the best of the books that I've listened to in this genre but it did have some different and startling scenes. This is the first time that I stopped after only one book in a series. Although the storyline was good, I just didn't find the two main characters, profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Det. Carol Jordan, very interesting or likable. They were both rather one dimensional. Also it took me a minute to adjust to the narrator. His voice was too "posh" at first for this kind of book. He kept making me feel that he should be narrating some warm and fuzzy story about Victorian gentry rather than a real creepy serial killer and the people who hunt him. But after a while, he locked into the story and the experience improved greatly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Naples, FL, United States 07-29-12
    Phil Naples, FL, United States 07-29-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Nice to go back"
    Where does The Wire in the Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 15%, If you consider when it was written, it would be a lot higher. It was the first Val Mcdermid book I ever read and has lead to a long and happy succession of others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wire in the Blood?

    The twists and turns of the plot.


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Does the characters very well, and kept the impetus of the story going.


    Any additional comments?

    I do find Dr. Hill's comment very worth a chuckle now and again, sort of a deadpan, grave humor, no pun intended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 03-01-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "Great performance"

    I like the writer but do find the over descriptive violence a little disturbing. The story wasn't predictable, limited suspension of reality, varied well written characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Gustavus, AK, United States 01-14-13
    John Gustavus, AK, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Val McDermid and/or Michael Tudor Barnes?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Val McDermid before, how does this one compare?

    I liked Beneath the Bleeding best


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Good voice for such graphic material


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes and BBC has made an excellent adaptation with Robson Green


    Any additional comments?

    For once the videos are easier on the mind than the books. First two books leave nothing to the imagination regarding gory details.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 01-30-14
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 01-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "An Absolutely Suberb Mystery Book"
    Would you listen to The Wire in the Blood again? Why?

    Definately YES!! It was just over 15 hours of mesmerizing & suspenseful excellent writing of a serial killer & it covered the many challenges of the criminal profiler. Thsi book held me in full suspense & reminded me of when I used to go to the movies & held my hands over my face at the scary parts. I did find myself cheering on the good guys & gals. The serial killer was made to be highly intelligent & very scary too. I kept thinking I never wanted to run into anyone like him. You would have to be a mind reader to figure him out.


    What other book might you compare The Wire in the Blood to and why?

    Probably one of the Childs/Preston (Pendergast) mystery books because of the suspenseful & interesting story line.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were just too many scenes that caught me up to choose. But I did appreciate the scenes that described how difficult the criminal profilers job really is & how specialized it could be. The intelligence of the serial killer was well done too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times I did smile at the unique 'British' terms, but mostly I felt like I couldn't put the book down I was somesmerized & interested in the outcome. And that was unique in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator (Michael T. Barnes) did a great job & brought such unique emotion to each character. I thoroughly enjoyed him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Card RAMONA, CA, US 04-16-14
    Linda Card RAMONA, CA, US 04-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Booklover

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    "People aren't always what they seem"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wire in the Blood the most enjoyable?

    I love the way the characters are built - you really feel like you know them. The good ole boy circuit wants to do things their own way - so like the real world.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Multiple stories working together to build the plot. Plus you get a peak at behind the scenes of show business and the secrets they keep.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Tudor Barnes – was your favorite?

    I liked the Sharon "Shaz" Bowman character. Tough but fragile and dedicated to her job. She was doing well in her new job and even had a man who was interested in her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The parts about Shaz Bowman back at her flat.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book. And have already downloaded the next Tony Hill and Carole Jordan mystery in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaynn Birmingham, AL, United States 03-14-14
    Jaynn Birmingham, AL, United States 03-14-14
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    "Not for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The explicit descriptions of the victim's experience of torture and terror would have to have been omitted.


    Has The Wire in the Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't think I'll listen to another Val McDermid.


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    It seemed in keeping with the content.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't listen long enough to know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan ADDISON, IL, United States 01-27-14
    susan ADDISON, IL, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Listened to first 30 Minutes 3 times!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Narrator, I could not get passed his voice. I could not pay attention to him or follow him for some reason.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    NEVER MADE IT!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Tudor Barnes?

    Anyone who does not sound like Hannibal. I guess I am spoiled because I have listened to a lot of books with really good narration, I tried really hard to because I wanted to "read" this book. I could not get passed this guys voice, not many tones just one deep accent. I really did listen to the first 30 min 3 times and all I remembered is a girl getting excited about a guy who wanted to meet her but it was a secret. And the cop it was her first day on the new job! That is it that is all I got.


    Did The Wire in the Blood inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, download another book and give up on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not give it 1 star because I never finished, I dont like to give bad reviews especially if I dont finish. But if you have a hard time following audiobooks because of a narrator I would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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